So, aside from the thousand things running through the mind of a new homeowner (or, simply a homeowner) here is something that may not have crossed your mind.
7 must-have safety items for your home:
- Door mat. Door mats aren’t just meant to keep your floors clean & dry. On the contrary, door mats probably watch out for your safety more than they protect floors. Maybe this is not the first item that comes to mind when safety is on the brain, but a door mat can prevent a person from slipping before or after entering a door. In addition, a door mat collects & traps moisture, which can pose problems inside a house if left unattended to. Just be sure to clean your mats every so often to get rid of any debris.
- Fire extinguisher. Personally, I have never had to use a fire extinguisher, but would you feel safe in your home without one? According to SearsHomeServices.com there are approximately:
- 150,000 house fires caused by major appliances (washer, dryer, dishwasher, range), per year
- 2 out of 5 house fires are related to cooking
- 16,800 fires involve washers & dryers, per year
- 1,130 fires involve dishwashers, per year
- Escape ladder. Firstly, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, especially from a second or third floor of a home. Keep an escape ladder handy just in case. Secondly, since they are portable & collapsable, there should be no excuse for not having one on hand!
- Flameless candle. Depending on your situation at home, pets & children might deter you from burning your favorite candle. With a flameless candle, at least you can still enjoy the ambiance a candle provides, but without the worry of fire and real flames! Or, if you have a tendency to forget about candles when burning & you leave the house, a flameless candle is as safe as they come!
- Alarms. Smoke alarms. Burglar alarms. General safety alarms. There are a few different kinds you can install or place in your home to prevent potentially large disasters from wreaking havoc on your home and your family. While you may not want to spend the money, the peace of mind that your home & family are protected is well worth it. Most of all (although not as important as family), a home is a huge investment, protect it properly!
Harmful gases you don’t know are there, but can be detected with the proper equipment:
- Carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is a gas released from burning things like natural gas, wood, oil, gasoline, charcoal or propane. It is extremely dangerous for health when in confined or closed quarters such as a house, garage or camper/ RV. Each year, carbon monoxide poisoning claims the lives of 400 people. It goes unnoticed due to its colorless, odorless and tasteless characteristics (if we actually want to refer to these things as characteristics). Furthermore, a detector is something every home should have, no matter what. Safety.com lists many good tips about carbon monoxide and different reviews for different types of detectors.
- Radon test kit. Very similar to carbon monoxide in that it is invisible, tasteless & odorless, radon is a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It occurs from the natural breakdown of uranium. Soil as well as igneous rocks are hotspots for radon, but well water can also contain it. Learn more about radon and its properties and effects at Radon.com. Most of all, it is easy to test for. Home inspectors offer radon testing, but you can also purchase a kit from your local hardware store too.